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2:19 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Lang-Lessing Excited About Symphony's New Season

Symphony Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing.
San Antonio Symphony

The San Antonio Symphony’s new season starts Friday night at the Majestic Theater. Now in his fourth year as the music director for the symphony, Sebastian Lang-Lessing talked about what's coming this season.

"We open the season with a very Russian/French program," he said. "Two big Mussorgsky pieces. 'The Night on Bald Mountain,' orchestrated by Rimsky-Korsakov  and then we finish the concert with 'Pictures at an Exhibition.'"

Lang-Lessing’s enthusiasm for a soloist from last year has him bringing her back for an encore.

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Government Shutdown
12:49 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

How The Government Shutdown Affects Texas National Guard And Veterans

The longer the government is shut down the more people it will have an effect on across the country.
Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) cc

Two associations tied to federal agencies say the government shutdown could jeopardize the lives of millions of Texas military families.

According to federal government, active military personnel will continued to be paid during the government shutdown, but Ray Linder with the National Guard Association of Texas said that doesn’t include the National Guard.

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Education
12:15 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

No Child Left Behind Waiver Approved For Texas

TEA Commissioner Michael Williams.
Christopher C. Leonard cc

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has approved the Texas Education Commissioner’s request for the state to opt out of major sections of the No Child Left Behind Act.

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KPAC Blog
9:06 am
Tue October 1, 2013

New Season, Big Performers At The Tuesday Musical Club

Bella Hristova opens the Tuesday Musical Club season on October 8.
Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

You may have never heard of San Antonio’s Tuesday Musical Club, but now that they’re in their 91st season,  maybe it's time you did.

Board Member Claudia Robison talks about the curious way the club came about.

"It was founded by Anna Hertzberg, who had moved here from Manhattan, from New York City. She found that there was really no culture; it was really a cowpoke town," Robison said.

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Federal Government
5:26 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

JBSA Civilian Personnel Could Be Indefinitely Furloughed

Without a federal budget or continuing resolution, most civilian employees at Joint Base San Antonio would be furloughed until further notice.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Joint Base San Antonio continues to watch the action in Washington, D.C., preparing for the possibility that civilian workers will be staying home from work the rest of the week.

With no fiscal 2014 budget and no continuing resolution, it was touch-and-go whether thousands of active-duty military personnel would be paid. But the Senate passed a bill late Monday providing for pay for military members.

However, Joint Base San Antonio spokesman Brent Boller said support personnel -- 23,000 JBSA civilian employees -- may be looking at skipping their paychecks for a long time.

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Bexar County
3:11 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Bexar County's New DWI Court Program Almost Full After Only Four Months

Judges from around the state and law enforcement officials gather to hear about the state's newest DWI Court.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Judges from around the state gathered to review best practices learned from Bexar County's first specially-designated DWI court, which is already near capacity.

There are only five slots left of the 40 total available in the Bexar County DWI Court, and with 6,600 DWI cases pending, Judge Liza Rodriguez said offenders must apply to be accepted.

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Affordable Care Act
2:39 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Disability Rights Group Presses Speaker Boehner On ACA Provisions

All eyes are on the capitol in Washington D.C. to see if Congress can prevent a federal shutdown.
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A group of 50 Texans in wheelchairs are among the crowd outside the Washington D.C. office of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, protesting his stance on the Affordable Care Act.

ADAPT of Texas’ Jennifer McPhail said their group is asking Boehner to support the reforms for long-term care for the disabled that are contained in the ACA.

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The Source - September 30, 2013
1:42 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

The Source: SAWS Rate Increase Explained | Why Do We Do What We Do

SAWS Facebook

In the first segment:

The San Antonio Water System wanted a rate increase of more than 13 percent from the city council for 2014, but last week that rate was slashed to 5.1 percent for 2014 with another 5.3 percent coming online in 2015. The rate was increased 8.3 percent in March of this year.  

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Arts & Culture
1:36 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Stylish New Bus Stops And Other Improvements Coming To Guadalupe Cultural Arts Area

City of San Antonio

West Side residents and visitors will soon see aesthetic and functional changes to streets and sidewalks around the Guadalupe Cultural Arts area.

“This project is going to focus on Brazos Street from Montezuma to San Fernando Street, and we’re going to be improving the sidewalks along the West Side,” said city spokeswoman Melissa Sparks.

Some of the improvements include landscaping, decorative brickwork and other amenities.

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Affordable Care Act
1:16 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Feds Say Texas Health Exchange Is Ready To Go

Screen shot from HealthCare.gov, which is gearing up for the Oct. 1 opening of the online insurance exchanges.
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says the online marketplace for health insurance will open Oct. 1 for Texans, but with all the back and forth between opponents and supporters of the new health care law, there are still a lot of questions.

Marjorie McColl Petty, the HHS Region 6 director -- the area that includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma -- said right now people can go to www.healthcare.gov to get answers to common questions by entering some information about their household:

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